The Minors. Tanaka shaky on rehab.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

AAA: SWB won 9-6. Masahiro Tanaka was shaky this time out on his second rehab start. 3 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 2 walks and 4 K and he gave up a HR. LF Ben Gamel 3 hits, .338. 2B Cole Figueroa had an incredible game. 5 for 5, double, HR, 5 RBI. C Austin Romine went 4 for 5.

AA: Trenton had a DH (both games 7 innings, minor league rules)
Game 1: Lost 7-2. CF Jake Cave 2 hits, .306; Solo HR DH Aaron Judge.

Game 2: Suspended due to rain. Trenton up 1-0 in the third. This was a makeup of another rainout, that of 4/13.

High A:   Tampa lost 4- 1 and was almost no-hit. They got just one hit in the entire game.

A: Charleston lost 3-2. SS Jorge Mateo with 3 hits, two triples.

Game 47. McCann & A-Rod homers propel Yanks to 4-2 win.


The Yanks won their third in a row today, 4-2, and in the process, A-Rod established a new milestone.

The win puts the Yanks at 25-22, and opens a 1 1/2 game lead in the AL East.

Michael Pineda gave up a HR in the top of the first, but then settled in. In the bottom of the second, Brian McCann tied it up with a solo HR (6).

In the third, A-Rod hit his eleventh HR of the season, #665* career, to put the Yanks up 4-1.

According to Major League baseball, his 3 RBI on the HR made him the all-time AL RBI King. But here is where it gets interesting.

The RBI became an official stat in 1920. Which means MLB does NOT recognize some 220+ RBI that Babe Ruth had from 1914-1919. Which is funny. They DO recognize the home runs he hit during that time. Um…. he did drive himself home at least, didn’t he?

So let’s do a table. On the left is what Baseball Reference (which I think is more reliable) recognizes, and on the right is what MLB lists. You’ll see discrepancies.

Hank Aaron 2297                        Hank Aaron 2297
Babe Ruth 2214                              Babe Ruth 1992 (they don’t count 1914-1919)
Cap Anson 2075                            —- Anson played from 1871-1897, so none of his RBI came before it was an official stat.
Barry Bonds 1996                          Barry Bonds 1996
A-Rod 1995                                    A-Rod 1995
Lou Gehrig 1995                           Lou Gehrig  1993
—–                                                   Babe Ruth 1992 (see above)

So, according to Major League baseball, A-Rod’s 1995 rank him 3rd all-time, and the all-time AL leader.

There is a discrepancy of 2 RBI between baseball reference and MLB regarding Lou Gehrig, and as you can see, they do not recognize Anson, or some 220+ of Babe’s RBI.

Anyway, A-Rod is 5 away from 2000, and his two hits today put him at 2981, just 19 short of 3000.

But that RBI total comes with an asterisk—- and this one is apart from any associated with PED usage.

The Yanks gave up an  unearned run late in the game.

The pitching line:

Pineda 6 2/3 IP, 1 R, 6 H, 1 walk and 8 K. (W, 6-2, 3.36)
Carpenter 0 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. One batter, gave up a hit. 5.19
Wilson 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 5.40.
Betances 1 IP, 1 R (UNEARNED), 1 H, 1 walk and 3 K. 0.00
Miller 1 IP (14th save) 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 0.84.   


The minors.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

AAA: SWB won 4-3. Joel De La Cruz (4-0, 2.87) five scoreless innings of one-hit ball. CF Mason Williams with two doubles.

AA: Trenton won 9-3. Luis Severino (2-2, 3.32) 5 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 2 walks and 9 K.  2 hits, 2 RBI CF Jake Cave, 2 doubles 2 RBI RF Aaron Judge.  1B Dan Fiorito 4 hits.  Trenton banged out 17 hits.

High A: Tampa rained out.

A: Charleston lost 8-1. CF Dustin Fowler with 3 of Charleston’s 5 hits. Jordan Foley with five scoreless innings of one-hit ball, 9 K before the bullpen imploded.

Game 46. Teix, Warren, lead Yanks back in to first place, 5-1.


Mark Teixeira homered, doubled, and drove in four runs to support Adam Warren’s strong effort as the Yanks beat KC 5-1 Tuesday evening.

With the win, the Yanks moved back into first place, 1/2 game ahead of Tampa Bay. The Yanks are 24-22.

Teixeira hit a 2-run HR, his 14th of the season in the first. The homer was #377 of his career, passing teammate Carlos Beltran as well as Carlton Fisk on the all-time list and tying Jeff Kent and Norm Cash.

Teixeira doubled in two in the fifth, and went to third on an error. Chase Headley drove Teix in with a SF.

Adam Warren pitched 6 1/3 scoreless innings of two-hit ball.

Warren (W, 3-3, 3.91) 6 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 5 K.
Wilson 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 5.52
Betances struck out the side. 3 up, 3 down and the hitters looked absolutely helpless against him. 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 3 K. 0.00.
Miller 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 0.89.

A-Rod had two hits to take his total to 2979.

Recent baseball passings: OF “Downtown” Ollie Brown and reliever Fred Gladding.

The Minors.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

AAA: SWB won 2-0. Jaron Long, son of former Yanks’ hitting coach Kevin Long, pitched 7 2/3 .

AA: Trenton won 6-3. Eric Ruth,  6 IP, 2 R. 3B Eric Jagielo homered for the second straight game. (.303-9- 31). 2B Jose Rosario 3 h, HR, 2 rbi.

High A: Tampa off.

A: Charleston lost 4-2. Besides SS Tyler Wade at High A Tampa, SS Jorge Mateo is down here. He had 3 hits today, a HR and 2 RBI. Although hitting just .255-2-16 and with 13 errors, (Wade is hitting about .325 at Tampa), Mateo did steal 3 bases today, giving him 32 so far this season.  He isn’t 20 yet. Wade is 20. So there is SS hope for the future if Didi Gregorius, 25, continues to struggle.

Game 45. Yanks win Memorial Day Massacre, 14-1.


The Yanks needed this.

Having lost 10 of their last 11 games, the Yankees hit 4 HR and scored 11 runs before an out was recorded in the bottom of the second inning as they cruised to a 14-1 win over KC today.

Brett Gardner led off the bottom of the first with a double, and Chase Headley homered (6). After a single, and a walk, Brian McCann made it 5-0 before an out was recorded when he homered (5). Before the inning was over, Brett Gardner hit a 3-run HR (4) and it was 8-0 after the first inning.

Stephen Drew made it 11-0 with a three-run HR (5) in the second.

KC got a run in the fifth off of Nathan Eovaldi, the beneficiary of all those homers.

The Yanks got a run back in the fifth on a Headley double, and then in the seventh, Slade “Cum On Feel the Noize” Heathcott hit a 2-run HR to make it 14-1. It was Heathcott’s first MLB HR.

Jacob Lindgren made his MLB debut and pitched two scoreless innings.

Eovaldi (W, 4-1, 4.27) 7 IP, 1 R, 8 H, 1 walk and 4 K.
Lindgren 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 walks and 2 K. 0.00.

Game 44. Yanks fall to .500.


Sorry for the late post. I was at last night’s game and got home around 2 a.m.

As a result, there will be NO minor league report from Sunday’s games.

On a night when Bernie Williams’ #51 was retired, and Derek Jeter made his first trip back to Yankee Stadium since his retirement, the Yanks continued their funk, losing their tenth game in their last eleven (sixth in a row) to fall to 22-22, even .500. They remain in 2nd place in what is so far a weak AL East, 1 1/2 games back.

The ingredients for a loss were as follows: mental and physical lapses in the field (2B Jose Pirela), a starting pitcher who couldn’t give you five innings (Capuano), an offense that for the fourth time in eleven games gave you two runs in the first inning and nothing thereafter, and a bullpen that let a close game slip away.

Jose Pirela made a mental mistake on the first play of the game, and the batter almost reached because Pirela was too lackadaisical in fielding a ground ball. The play was only called an out upon review. Pirela then booted the next ball. When Prince Fielder doubled to score the run, it appeared as if there was a play at the plate, but Pirela’s throw home on the relay wasn’t good. Pirela was only charged with one error, but had made three bad plays, and Texas had an unearned run.

The Yanks got two in the first when Gardner (who has been slumping badly…down to .279, .196 since May 9)  reached on an error, then Headley singled. Gardner however, was thrown out at third on Headley’s single. Maybe it was a case of over-aggressiveness, of someone trying to make things happen while his team is in the midst of a losing streak, but there you have it. A-Rod singled, and after a ground out that moved up the runners, McCann singled in two runs to make it 2-1 Yankees.

But in the second, on a 2-2 pitch with two out and a runner on, Capuano gave up a 2-run HR that hit the top of the wall and bounced over. One strike away from getting out of the inning and …. …. I suspect Capuano, who in two starts has given a total of 7 1/3 innings, will be the one pulled when Tanaka or Nova become ready. The Yanks need a starter who’ll give more innings than Capuano has provided so far.

It remained that way, 3-2, for a while, but the Yanks’ offense (minus Beltran, who has the flu, the slumping Young (.240, 2 for his last 28, played CF and Garrett Jones was in RF)) couldn’t do anything and the Yanks’ bullpen gave up two in the seventh to seal their doom.

It is a good thing Girardi has some job security. I’m blaming none of this on him, it’s the players, but it may be a good thing if he (or Hal Steinbrenner, who was there for the Bernie ceremony) ripped into the players after the game. Hal, especially, should pull a page from his dad’s playbook. Losing ten out of eleven is not acceptable. A lesser manager than Girardi may be on the hot seat. But these players need to be held accountable, especially with some of the bad mental errors they are currently making out there.

It doesn’t get any easier. The defending AL champion Royals are in now, and the Yanks are heading west soon.

They have gone from 21-12 to 22-22. That should be a wake up call to tell them to pull their heads out of their you-know-where’s.

The good news is that in a weak division so far, losing ten out of eleven—even this early—hasn’t buried them. There is time to right the ship, and it needs to be done now.

Capuano (L, 0-2, 7.36) 4 1/3 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 8 H, 0 walks, 4 K.
Shreve 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 3.00
Wilson 1/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 5.79.
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 0.00
Carpenter 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 5.19.
Miller 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 0.93.

I was kind of hoping, but didn’t get, the MLB debut of Jacob Lindgren, who was brought up yesterday. Brandon Pinder was sent down after having thrown 48 pitches on Saturday.